Khazanah Baru

Program melupuskan asset/pelaburan kumpulan Khazanah Nasional Berhad masih berterusan, walaupun tampuk pemerintahan bukan lagi Pakatan Harapan dimasa kuasa strategik kewangan dan pelaburan Kerajaan dibawah penguasaan pemimpin DAP.

Jalan mudah diambil untuk menyelesaikan kemelut kewangan dan ‘memurnikan buku imbangan’ Kumpulan seperti firma-firma termasuk yang berperanan strategik yang dikatakan ‘sakit’, dilupuskan.

Kini, pembikin wafer ekektronik Silterra M Sdn Bhd merupakan dalam proses dilupuskan.

Apa yang lebih malang lagi, pembida pelupusan pelaburan strategik Kerajaan Malaysia ini adalah firma antarabangsa.

The Star:

The Star Exclusive – Bargaining chip for Silterra

StarBizWeek had, on Saturday, reported that an intense bidding war for local semiconductor wafer foundry is ongoing following Khazanah Nasional’s divestment process that began in February this year. (File pic – Silterra Sdn Bhd plant.)

PETALING JAYA: The jostling for ownership of electronic wafer-maker Silterra Malaysia Sdn Bhd may hinge on which bidder can add value to the development of the semiconductor industry in Malaysia.

With bids coming from local and international parties, analysts expect the winner to be decided by what it can do to further the important semiconductor value chain in the country.

StarBizWeek had, on Saturday, reported that an intense bidding war for local semiconductor wafer foundry is ongoing following Khazanah Nasional’s divestment process that began in February this year.null

According to sources, the new parties jumping into the bid for Silterra are semiconductor giants Foxconn from Taiwan and X-FAB from Germany.

Foxconn is a Taiwanese multinational electronics contract manufacturer best known for its work for Apple Inc while X-FAB is a German-based foundry group manufacturing silicon wafers which also has operations in Malaysia.

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It was also reported that the local consortiums interested are from Green Packet Bhd and Dagang Nexchange Bhd (DNeX), which have partnered with Chinese parties to acquire Silterra.


Hakikatnya, Kerajaan Malaysia melalui Kumpulan Khazanah menyusun semula semula pegangan dan pelaburan strategik hampir dua dekad lampau untuk menentukan kepentingan jangka panjang negara, seperti kebergantungan sektor strategik kepada firma-firma MNC antarabangsa boleh dikurangkan.

Sekiranya imbuhan baru diperlukan, termasuk kepakaran pengurusan dan teknologi, maka firma tempatan wajar didahulukan berbanding tawaran firma MNC dari luar negara.

Program mengumpul modal kewangan dan insan daripada firma-firma tempatan, walaupun yang ada perkongsian pelaburan dan strategik, wajar didahulukan berbanding melupuskan keseluruhannya kepada firma antarabangsa.

Malaysia tidak wajar dijadikan tapak untuk menyediakan industri sebagaimana tahun 1970an dan 80an dimana pelabur dan pemain industri MNC antarabangsa membuka kilang mereka, untuk memaksimakan kos pengeluaran yang murah.

‘Memurnikan imbangan buku’ merupakan tindakan jangkapendek yang mungkin menunjukkan nilai bersih asset dan pelaburan yang positif, tetapi tidak memberikan keuntungan strategik.

Hakikatnya, ada firma tempatan yang boleh memberikan tawaran kepada Khazanah dimana modal pusingan berjumlah RM200juta merupakan sebahagian imbuhan adalah bukti jelas bahawa Khazanag perlu menimbangkan tawaran untuk menyelsaikan kemelut kewangan Silterra ini.

Published in: on September 25, 2020 at 16:30  Leave a Comment  

Posturing Post Paracels

Protecting the sovereignty, economic and territorial interests of the nation, including the maritime passage and rights to fishery and mineral extraction as part of the Economic Exclusive Zone which is enacted in Parliament as Act 311 1984 and UN Convention Law of the Seas 1982, is the paramount duty of His Majesty’s Government.

Geo-politics is a very complicated game with variables that would have strategic effect on nations like Malaysia, if not properly played and handled before it is worsened

The Star story:

Hisham: Malaysia will not compromise on South China Sea sovereignty

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will not compromise on its sovereignty in the South China Sea, says Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

“My stand is clear. We will not compromise on our sovereignty,” he told reporters during a press conference in Parliament on Wednesday (July 15).

He assured that the naval vessels from both China and the United States are no longer in Malaysian waters.

“It a geopolitical issue between the two superpowers of US and China. Let them sort it out,” he added.

“Even if we resolve the posturing between the two superpowers, we still need to resolve the overlapping claims between neighbours,” said the former defence minister.

He said that it was important for Malaysia and Asean to play an intermediary role to find an amicable solution to the issue.

“My personal fear is that could be an incident or accident that could lead to war. We have to avoid military posturing as it will not help the situation,” he added.

Hishamuddin acknowledged that Malaysia had previously sent protest notes over China’s encroachment of its waters.

He was asked to comment on the recent Auditor-General’s Report report that China’s military encroached into Sabah and Sarawak waters in the South China Sea 89 times from 2016 to 2019.


The latest development of China’s People Liberation Army-Navy manoeuvres in the South China Sea as part of the Asia’s Superpower imperious tendency of unsubstantiated claim of the ‘Nine-Dash-Line’, is very worrying.

The South China Morning Post

Beijing should change tack on South China Sea to avoid conflict with US, analyst says

  • As relations deteriorate and Washington toughens its stance, the contested waterway is likely to be a flashpoint, regional security expert says
  • Managing tensions with its Southeast Asian neighbours is seen as a key task

Beijing needs to reassess its strategies in the South China Sea as relations with Washington are in free fall and the disputed waterway is likely to be a flashpoint, a Chinese regional security expert says.

While policy advisers will be looking at different scenarios for the protracted struggle between the two superpowers in the region, managing tensions with its Southeast Asian neighbours was a key task for Beijing, according to Chen Xiangmiao, an associate researcher with the National Institute for South China Sea Studies on Hainan Island.

“If there is a maritime clash with [rival claimants] Vietnam, Malaysia or the Philippines, the US will have an excuse to step in, and that could trigger a direct military conflict between China and the US,” Chen said.

“[But] as long as the rival claimants can exercise restraint and don’t take sides between China and the US, I think the risk of conflict can remain under control.”

Chen’s assessment came as Washington toughened its stance on the South China Sea, raising concerns about the possibility of military conflict between Beijing and Washington – already at loggerheads over issues ranging from trade to human rights and Hong Kong.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Monday that the US formally opposes a swathe of Chinese claims to waters and the rights to seabed resources within the so-called nine-dash line that encompasses almost all of the South China Sea. The move was seen by some Chinese observers as Washington abandoning its previous position of neutrality on territorial disputes in the waterway. China Sea: key moments in a decades-long dispute

“We used to say that the South China Sea issue could affect overall Sino-US relations. But now the South China Sea issue has become [part of Washington’s] comprehensive strategy to contain China,” Chen said. “China will need to examine the relationship between the South China Sea issue and overall Sino-US ties.”

He continued: “Is decoupling [between China and the US] possible? My assessment is that it is not likely. But if the relationship between China and the US continues to worsen, then the South China Sea issue could become the tipping point that leads to a [military] clash.”

According to Chen, Beijing needed to prepare for the US taking a tougher approach, including more flexing of its military muscle in the strategic waterway and pressing its regional partners and allies to take a stronger stand against China.

In one scenario, Chen said the US could send its coastguard in response to what it sees as a growing threat from China’s “grey zone” operations by coastguard vessels and maritime militia, which Beijing has been accused of using to expand its presence in the South China Sea.

Chen said likely countermeasures from Beijing included setting up an air defence identification zone in the South China Sea and accelerating its infrastructure-building in the disputed waters

“[China’s actions will] depend on the perceived threat from the US,” Chen said. “If the US or rival claimants such as Vietnam make any unilateral move, I wouldn’t rule out any possibility.”

Zhang Mingliang, a Southeast Asian affairs expert with Jinan University in Guangzhou, said Beijing needed to improve relations with its neighbours, and that could include providing public services.


However, Al Jazeera reported that China’s own historical records debunked their claims for the disputed territories.

China’s own records debunk ‘historic rights’ over disputed seas

Experts say official Chinese documents belie ‘nine-dash line’ as Beijing asserts dominance in South China Sea.

by Ted Regencia1 hour ago

Having secured the allegiance of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during a state visit to Beijing in 2016, Chinese President Xi Jinping returned the favour when he visited Manila in 2018 promising a new chapter in the two nations’ diplomatic ties and vowing to turn the disputed South China Sea into “a sea of peace”.

In a published message to Filipinos just before his trip, Xi recalled how more than 600 years ago, Chinese explorer Zheng He “made multiple visits to the Manila Bay, Visayas and Sulu” areas during his “seven overseas voyages seeking friendship and cooperation”.

The suggestion was that China had been in contact with the archipelago long before Europeans arrived naming it Las Islas Filipinas after Spain’s King Felipe II. It was also a way for Xi to bolster China’s claims in the South China Sea based on its ‘nine dash line’ and long contested by the Philippines, as well as Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia.

The problem is that the evidence suggests Zheng never set foot in the future Philippine islands.

“All the scholars all over the world are unanimous: Zheng He never visited the Philippines,” Antonio Carpio said in an online lecture earlier this month. He called Xi’s anecdote “totally false”. The former Philippine Supreme Court justice also presented other official Chinese records that debunk Beijing’s “historic maritime rights” over the South China Sea – thereby raising new questions about its standing in the region as tensions escalate.

On Monday, the US raised the stakes saying “Beijing’s claims to offshore resources” across most of the disputed seas were “completely unlawful”. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo added that the world would “not allow Beijing to treat the South China Sea as its maritime empire.” In response, Beijing accused Washington of unnecessarily inflaming the situation.

Earlier, the US deployed the warships, USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan to assert what it calls its freedom of navigation in the waters. A sailor on one of the ships told Al Jazeera that the operations could last for weeks. China held a large-scale naval exercise in the area from July 1 to 5.

‘History vs facts on the ground’

Historical records may not favour China in the continuing debate on the control of the South China Sea,  through which as much as $5.3tn in global trade passes annually.

Refuting the Chinese president’s claim, Carpio, the Filipino legal scholar, presented evidence from China’s own Naval Hydrographic Institute, chronicling Zheng’s visit to the then Cham Kingdom of central Vietnam. A translation mixup of the kingdom’s Chinese name, incorrectly referred to it later as a Philippine island.

2019 Ancient History Encyclopedia article also traced Zheng’s expeditions in the early 1400s as far as the Arabia and Africa, but nowhere in the story did it mention Zheng’s supposed visit to the Philippines.

Chinese Map - Tang Dynasty

A map of ancient China dating back to the Tang Dynasty shows that the island of Hainan was the country’s southernmost territory [State Bureau of Cultural Relics of China via the presentation of Philippine Justice Antonio Carpio]

To further disprove China’s claim of “historic rights”, Carpio presented several ancient Chinese maps, dating as far back as 800 and 900 years ago during the Song and Tang dynasties. All the maps showed that China’s southernmost territory was the island of Hainan.

Additionally, the 1947 Constitution of the Republic of China, also identified Hainan as the country’s southernmost part, raising questions over what would later emerge as the “nine-dash line” claim.

Regardless of the historical evidence, the reality is that China already “controls almost all the facts on the ground”, said Thomas Benjamin Daniel, senior foreign policy expert at Malaysia’s Institute of Strategic and International Studies. It is clear that Beijing now has “real and credible foothold” in the South China Sea, he told Al Jazeera. 

Still, Daniel and other analysts are urging China and other stakeholders in the region, to abide by the principles and spirit of international law, to keep the peace and avoid situations that would lead “down a very dangerous road.”

‘Nine-dash line’

For years, China has anchored its South China Sea claims on the “nine-dash line”, under which it lays claim to almost 90 percent of the disputed waters as far south as the coasts of Malaysian Borneo and Brunei. Images published by China showed the imaginary line almost hogging the shores of neighbouring countries.

Using the controversial line, Beijing has been ramping up activities in the South China Sea, starting with the Paracels in the 1970s and 1980s, the Spratlys in the 1990s, and the Scarborough Shoal in the early 2000s.

Chester Cabalza, a security analyst and fellow at the National Defence University in Beijing, said China has been strategic in approaching the “South China Sea conundrum”. He added that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has only provided the country even more opportunities to advance its interests.

“It seems like China is winning,” he told Al Jazeera, noting how it has militarised the disputed waters by developing rocks and atolls into islands in recent years.

ISIS Malaysia’s Daniel added that China “is playing the long game”, as it attempts to solidify and “normalise” its regional maritime position.

The Hague ruling

Beijing’s approach encountered resistance in 2016 with the landmark ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, which declared China’s “historic rights” had no legal basis.

The ruling also said that the rocks and the partly submerged features, on which China had built its naval and aerial facilities, were within the 200 nautical miles (370.4km) Exclusive Economic Zone of the Philippines, as defined by the UN. Those zones allow only the Philippines to fish and explore any natural resources although foreign vessels are allowed safe passage.

The court also automatically established the EEZs of Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and Vietnam, boosting their own positions in relation to China.

Furthermore, the court said China’s reclaimed areas and artificial islands were not entitled to a 12-mile (22.2km) territorial sea, because they were not habitable in their original form. As such, freedom of navigation and overflight are allowed in those areas.

China refused to participate in the arbitration case, dismissing the ruling as “null and void”. China Sea: Beijing extends its military and economic reach | Counting the Cost

It has continued to expand its facilities in the South China Sea regardless, including a three km (1.86 miles) military-grade runway, barracks and radars on Mischief Reef, which is within the Philippine EEZ.

Maritime incidents have also escalated, and in April a Vietnamese boat was sunk; an incident blamed on a Chinese surveillance vessel. All eight firshermen survived. In June 2019, at least 22 Filipino fishermen were almost left to drown when their fishing boat was rammed under suspicious circumstances by an alleged Chinese militia boat. They were later rescued by Vietnamese fishermen.

On Tuesday, Malaysia revealed that Chinese coastguard and navy ships were recorded to have encroached into its waters at least 89 times between 2016 and 2019. Earlier this year, there were also reports of a Chinese government survey ship “tagging” a Malaysian oil-exploration vessels within the Malaysian EEZ.

Cabalza, of the National Defence University in Beijing, described China’s behaviour as “schizophrenic”, as it tries to employ confrontation and cooperation in dealing with its neighbours.

‘Code of Conduct’

As part of its effort to defuse tensions in the region, the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been pressing China for years to reach agreement on the so-called Code of Conduct, which would govern countries’ behaviour in the South China Sea.

Differences between members – some of whom have no claim to the sea but are close to China – mean there has been has little headway.

Cabalza says the 10-nation bloc must present a more unified voice before it takes on China, which prefers bilateral negotiation, adding that ASEAN nations “should not become submissive” in negotiating an equitable deal with Beijing.

On June 26, ASEAN leaders held a virtual summit hosted by Vietnam, in which they declared that the 1982 United Nations oceans treaty should be foundation of sovereign rights and entitlements in the South China Sea. However, the leaders were unable to make significant progress on the Code of Conduct.

Daniel of ISIS-Malaysia says he is “not very optimistic” that an agreement can be reached soon in order to help ease tension.

“ASEAN is an Association of 10 member states with different national and foreign priorities, that makes decisions based on consensus. Consensus here often means the lowest common denominator.”

In the absence of a consensus, the increased presence of the United States in the South China Sea could prove a useful counterweight.

Daniel said the “marked increase” of US freedom of navigation operations and sharper rhetoric, show that Washington wanted to remain relevant in the region. 

On Wednesday, Pompeo issued another statement saying the US would “support countries all across the world who recognise that China has violated their legal territorial claims as well – or maritime claims as well.”

Meanwhile, Carpio said all navies from around the world should be encouraged to sail through the South China Sea and exercise freedom of navigation – to deliver a message to Beijing that it does not control the area.

He also urged Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and Vietnam to help the Philippines in explaining that China’s claim of “historic right” is “totally false.”

“We should continue resorting to the rule of law, because we have no other choice,” Carpio said.

“War is not an option.”


Former Former Minister Dato Seri Panglima Anifah Amah opined that issues pertaining to the ‘Nine-Dash-Line’ claim by China should not be taken lightly and Malaysia should be stern and decisive on their position:

Press Statement by YBhg Datuk Seri Panglima Anifah Haji Aman on the Recent News Reports Quoting That There Was No Further Enroachment By Chinese Vessels into Malaysia’s Maritime Areas in the South China Sea and cara bagaimana kita lakukannya, is between us and the leadership in China”.
I read with great interest the many news reports that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, YB Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussien had stated on 15 July 2020 that since he took over as the Foreign Minister of Malaysia, there was no further encroachment by Chinese vessels into Malaysia’s maritime areas in the South China Sea, and “cara bagaimana kita lakukannya, is between us and the leadership in China”.
I am appalled by the Minister’s statement. He is either in denial or ignorant of the fact. Worst, he is playing politics with Malaysia’s maritime and strategic interests.
It was only in April that a flotilla of Chinese enforcement vessels was sighted accompanying a Chinese survey vessel within Malaysia maritime areas. Further, I was reliably informed that Chinese coast guard vessels were sighted in the vicinity of Beting Patinggi Ali in May, June and July.
As a country that legitimately owns maritime areas in the South China Sea, the Government should not be hesitant to categorically state its objection to any unauthorised activities by foreign vessels within its maritime areas. If the Ministry of Foreign Affairs finds it appropriate to issue statement on 25  June and 12 July on the drone and missile attacks towards the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, surely it would not be too much to expect the Ministry to at least summon the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to register Malaysia’s displeasure on the unauthorised activities by the Chinese coast guard vessels within Malaysia’s maritime areas in the South China Sea.

Malaysia has never recognised China’s claims over its maritime areas in the South China Sea and the Government must uphold the position to ensure Malaysia’s maritime and strategic interests are not jeopardised. Failing to do so is a great disservice to the nation.
Being firm in safeguarding, protecting and promoting Malaysia’s maritime and strategic interests does not mean we need to be confrontational. What we need to do is to ensure full respect for legal and diplomatic processes, and uphold the supremacy of the rule of law in accordance with international law and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

As I have stated many times, we must not be indecisive in defending our rights and interests, and a consistent principled position would stand us in good stead for the long term.

16 July 2020


Wisma Putra should no longer be wishy-washy on the matter and act now, in the best interests of Malaysia and Malaysians.

Published in: on July 16, 2020 at 13:00  Leave a Comment  

Political agenda with false stories about education

There are several quarters casting doubt and even fabricate non religious at national schools, especially boarding school with the sinister intention to make the education syllabus liberal, for obvious liberalism and pluralism agenda.

FMT story

Heavy hand of religion disrupting studies at govt schools, say helpless parents

Nur Hasliza Mohd Salleh – January 21, 2020 8:36 AM20.2kShares

An over-emphasis on religious rituals has some Muslim parents in residential government schools worrying about their focus on studies. (Bernama file pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Parents and family members of children enrolled in reputable government residential schools are questioning what they view as an over-emphasis on religious practices that disrupt the pupils’ studies.

Many find that the practice of religious rituals and activities has reached a point that academic performance is affected.

These activities take up too much of the students’ time and energy, causing them to be tired and lethargic at regular classes and revision periods, they told FMT.

“As far as I’m concerned, we did not send our kids to a tahfiz or pondok school,” said Amir, father of a student who took the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination last year at a branch of the Mara Junior Science College, or MRSM in Johor.

Parents of other children in the same school told FMT that the situation is worse for those who will be sitting major public exams in Form 3 and Form 5.

They said students were frequently asked to attend compulsory sessions to perform congregational prayers, including non-obligatory rituals such as the solat tahajud, solat hajat and tazkirah, special prayers performed by Muslims in times of adversity.

For most of these prayer sessions, students are required to get up as early as 3am.

Complaints to the headmaster have been futile: the parents were told that the rituals were to get “blessings” and to ensure students obtained excellent results in the exams, thus elevating the status and the name of the school, Amir told FMT.

“But the school’s status won’t go up; they are competing on which school is more Islamic instead of being better academically,” he added.

Similar complaints of religious overtones and symbols in non-residential government schools have also arisen, in the midst of a continuing public debate over Malaysia’s polarised education system.

Many analysts and experts have expressed fears that national schools have ceased to be multiracial. There have also been calls for the government to work towards a single-stream school on grounds of fostering national unity.

Amir, 43, is also a product of MRSM. He said he was happy when his child received an offer to enrol at his old school, as he was convinced of its focus on high quality education.

An obsession with the supernatural

Another parent spoke of her daughter’s bizarre experience of her school’s obsession with the supernatural.

She told FMT that her daughter was told to attend a “ruqyah” session, in which Quranic verses are used to treat a sick person, as well as to cure from the possession of “bad jinns”.

Her offence was missing the Talaqqi, or Quranic pronunciation classes, because she had to attend extra classes in Biology.

“My daughter was accused of being too lazy to study (the Quran) and of having disturbances from jinns. So they told her to come for the ruqyah session. It’s simply unbelievable,” said the parent who wanted to remain anonymous.

She said the teacher had insisted that her daughter attend the Quranic recitation classes, even after being told that the biology teacher had requested that she be excused.

“In the end, my daughter dropped the Biology subject when sitting for SPM last year,” she said.

Amir is also aware of the Quranic recitation class, saying it is subject to an additional school fee of RM200.

FMT has learnt from other parents that Talaqqi classes after school were made mandatory for students from Form 1 to Form 4.

“If they don’t go, they’ll get punished. If they fail the exam, they have to retake the exam,” he said, adding that students who skip class or fail their exams will be asked to memorise verses of the Quran.

Haiqal was surprised when his niece told him of “illogical rules” at her school, such as a requirement that female students wear long pants under their long skirts, as well as gloves and long-sleeved T-shirts during sports and games.

Haiqal said he was told by school authorities that the requirement was to avert male gazes on female students.

“We didn’t have rules like these last time when we were in school, but we were still able to take care of ourselves and dress well to school,” said Haiqal, whose niece is enrolled in an MRSM school in Perak.

Amir also questioned the version of Islam being taught in the school.

He said students were taught to question many traditional Malay-Muslim practices as being bid’ah, or innovations in religion.

“When they go home to their families, they would even accuse family members of committing bid’ah through their religious practices,” he said. “Is this what the school administrators call ‘blessing’?”

FMT is awaiting a response from the schools involved and the education ministry.


It is an obvious lie and the fabrication used to spin.

This is the PTA of MRSMs (Muafakat) response:


Kami merujuk kepada sebuah artikel bertajuk “Ritual Agama Berlebihan Jejas Prestasi Murid, Keluh Ibu Bapa” tulisan Nur Hasliza Mohd Salleh (FMT News / 21 Januari 2020).

Kami telah meneliti tulisan tersebut dan berikut adalah penjelasan kepada 4 Dakwaan terhadap MRSM seperti yang dinyatakan dalam tulisan tersebut. Penjelasan Kami dibuat tanpa prejudis, secara objektif, berlandaskan fakta dan pengetahuan Kami selaku Pemimpin Persatuan Ibu Bapa dan Guru MRSM (Badan Pemuafakatan Pendidikan MARA Malaysia @MUAFAKAT), dan melalui pengalaman Kami sebagai Ibu Bapa MRSM (bahkan ada di kalangan Kami adalah bekas Pelajar MRSM juga).

Dakwaan Pertama:

MRSM dipetik sebagai terlalu mementingkan amalan-amalan agama yang menganggu pelajaran. Kegiatan-kegiatan itu memakan terlalu banyak masa dan tenaga sehingga Pelajar jadi letih dan lesu di kelas atau masa mengulangkaji pelajaran. Pelajar diminta menghadiri sesi wajib Solat Berjemaah, serta ritual tidak wajib seperti Solat Tahajud, Solat Hajat dan Tazkirah, di mana mereka perlu bangun seawal 3 pagi.

Sepanjang pengetahuan dan pengalaman Kami, Solat Berjemaah yang diwajibkan di MRSM hanyalah Solat Subuh, Solat Maghrib, Solat Isya’ sahaja. Manakala Tazkirah pula diadakan antara waktu selepas Solat Maghrib dan sebelum Solat Isya’ sahaja. Pengisian Tazkirah pula bukan sahaja berkisarkan kepada keagamaan bahkan juga sesi motivasi, penerangan dan dialog bersama Penceramah Jemputan (termasuk Ibu Bapa dan Pentadbir MRSM itu sendiri). Selepas Solat Isya’, Pelajar MRSM menghadiri kelas ulangkaji pelajaran (9 – 11 malam, menurut ketetetapan MRSM masing-masing). Solat Tahajud dan Solat Hajat pula bukanlah rutin harian Pelajar MRSM. Ianya tidak berlaku setiap hari, sebaliknya bergantung kepada keperluan spesifik MRSM tersebut terutama menjelang Peperiksaan Utama seperti PT3/IGCSE/SPM, dan lazimnya dibuat apabila keesokan harinya adalah hari Cuti Minggu. Kami percaya dalam melaksanakan keperluan Solat Tahajud dan Solat Hajat sebegini, MRSM masing~masing tetap akan mendahulukan kebajikan Pelajarnya. Bahkan terdapat Pelajar MRSM yang mengambil kesempatan mendirikan Solat Duha’, atas inisiatif sendiri, semasa waktu rehat pagi.

MRSM, sejak penubuhannya pada tahun 1972, adalah antara institusi pengajian menengah berasrama penuh yang tertua di Malaysia. MRSM merupakan satu bentuk “Amanah Rakyat”, yang bangkit di bawah Akta MARA 1966, dan dipertanggungjawabkan di bahunya untuk melahirkan generasi yang bukan sahaja cemerlang akademiknya, bahkan juga cemerlang kerohaniannya. Cemerlang Akademik hanya dapat membuka minda, manakala kecemerlangan kerohanian/spiritual dapat membuka hati kerana generasi MRSM yang mampan adalah generasi yang dapat mempertimbangkan baik buruk sesuatu perkara melalui panduan minda dan hati secara bersesama. MRSM telah melahirkan lebih daripada 200,000 Pelajar MRSM yang kini telah berjaya dalam kehidupan dan kerjaya masing-masing hasil daripada sistem MRSM sedia ada. Sehubungan itu, Kita semua seharusnya bersetuju dan menyokong kenyataan bahawa jikalau kecemerlangan akademik dipupuk melalui proses pengajaran dan pembelajaran, maka kecemerlangan kerohanian/spiritual pula dipupuk melalui Solat Berjemaah, Tazkirah, Solat Tahajud dan Solat Hajat. Ianya bukan sekadar ritual semata-mata, sebaliknya platfom untuk Tawakal setelah Berusaha dan Berdoa. Ini juga selari dengan Rukun Negara kita yang pertama iaitu Kepercayaan Kepada Tuhan.

Dakwaan Kedua:

MRSM dipetik sebagai obsesi terhadap kuasa ghaib sehinggakan seorang Pelajar Perempuannya diminta hadir ke sesi mengusir makhluk halus kerana dia tidak dapat menyertai kelas bacaan AlQuran kerana menghadiri kelas tambahan Biologi. Bahkan Pelajar Perempuan tersebut dituduh malas mengaji dan didakwa ada gangguan jin sehingga diruqyah Ustaz tersebut. Guru MRSM berkenaan tetap mahu Pelajar Perempuan tersebut menyertai kelas bacaan AlQuran, walaupun selepas Guru Biologi minta Pelajar Perempuan tersebut diberi pengecualian. Akhirnya, Pelajar tersebut telah menggugurkan subjek Biologi untuk SPM tahun 2019.

Sepanjang pengetahuan dan pengalaman Kami, perkara yang didakwa ini, sekiranya benar berlaku, adalah kejadian terpencil dan tidak mewakili semua MRSM. Setiap MRSM mempunyai MUAFAKAT selaku Badan yang mewakili Ibu Bapa dan Guru. Selaras dengan objektif penubuhannya, MUAFAKAT MRSM tersebut sememangnya bersedia pada setiap masa untuk mewakili Ibu Bapa atau Guru menyampaikan sebarang aduan. Sewajarnya perkara ini dibawa ke pengetahuan MUAFAKAT MRSM tersebut untuk remedi/pembetulan, dan tidak menunggu sehingga SPM telah tamat baru dibangkitkan perkara tersebut. Kami berpegang teguh kepada maxim bahawa tidak ada organisasi yang sempurna, dan penyelesaian kepada semua isu harus di meja perbincangan di mana MUAFAKAT akan bertindak sebagai Arbitrator. Mohon pihak yang mendakwa untuk tampil berbincang dengan pihak MUAFAKAT MRSM berkenaan supaya ada tindakan susulan.

Dakwaan Ketiga:

MRSM mengenakan bayaran tambahan RM 200 untuk Kelas Talaqqi yang didakwa wajib.

Sepanjang pengetahuan dan pengalaman Kami, Bahagian Pendidikan Menengah MARA selaku Penyelia MRSM Se Malaysia, tidak pernah mengeluarkan arahan pembayaran untuk Kelas Talaqqi/Mini Ulu Albab. Perkara yang didakwa ini, sekiranya benar berlaku, adalah kejadian terpencil dan tidak mewakili semua MRSM. Sekali lagi ditekankan bahawa setiap MRSM mempunyai MUAFAKAT selaku Badan yang mewakili Ibu Bapa dan Guru. Selaras dengan objektif penubuhannya, MUAFAKAT MRSM tersebut sememangnya bersedia pada setiap masa untuk mewakili Ibu Bapa atau Guru menyampaikan sebarang aduan. Sewajarnya perkara ini dibawa ke pengetahuan MUAFAKAT MRSM tersebut untuk remedi/pembetulan. Kami berpegang teguh kepada maxim bahawa tidak ada organisasi yang sempurna, dan penyelesaian kepada semua isu harus di meja perbincangan di mana MUAFAKAT akan bertindak sebagai Arbitrator.

Dakwaan Keempat:

MRSM mengenakan peraturan bahawa Pelajar Perempuan perlu memakai seluar panjang bawah kain baju kurung sekolah, kemeja T labuh ketika bersukan dan sarung tangan bagi mengelakkan Pelajar Lelaki melihat susuk tubuh Pelajar Perempuan.

Sepanjang pengetahuan dan pengalaman Kami, semua peraturan MRSM berkaitan cara berpakaian, kemasan rupa diri, hal ehwal disiplin dan sebagainya diterbitkan dalam Buku Perancangan Tahunan Pelajar. Cara berpakaian pula memadai memenuhi kesopanan dan kesusilaan. Maka tidak benar bahawa MRSM cuba berlebih-lebihan dan mengajar Pelajarnya cara untuk berpakaian bagi maksud kesopanan dan kesusilaan.

Semoga penjelasan Kami tersebut di atas yang dibuat tanpa prejudis, secara objektif, berlandaskan fakta dan pengetahuan Kami selaku Pemimpin Persatuan Ibu Bapa dan Guru MRSM (Badan Pemuafakatan Pendidikan MARA Malaysia @MUAFAKAT), dan melalui pengalaman Kami sebagai Ibu Bapa MRSM dapat meneutralkan salahfaham dan kekeliruan yang timbul, dan menjernihkan kekeruhan yang melanda MRSM, yang terbit sama ada secara langsung atau tidak langsung daripada nukilan Wartawan tersebut di atas.

***+Kami boleh dihubungi melalui (Untuk Perhatian: Dato’ Sayed Alfeizal bin Sayed Ahmad @Presiden, Badan Pemuafakatan Pendidikan MARA Malaysia) sekiranya penjelasan lanjut diperlukan untuk sebahagian atau keseluruhan kenyataan Kami tersebut di atas.


Further investigation on the FMT story proven to be flawed.

Some parts of the report described, activities of an MRSM Ulul Albab. However, there is no such MRSM Ulul Albab in Johor or Melaka

As to wearing long pants and gloves for girls is something unheard of in MRSM.

If FMT is genuinely sincere in the story, it would be better for the report to name the school, so that proper investigations can be made.

As it is, it’ll remain “allegations” from one or two “helpless” person(s), which should be seen nothing less of a fabrication and attempt to spin and destroy the good name of the MRSM system.

The SOP in such cases is to get the Naziran & Inspectorate people go down to all the MRSMs in johor to get to the truth

Even Gerontocracy Prime Minister Who recently sacked the Minister of Education and assumed the role and responsibility lied about “now national schools are religious schools. Eg. Four periods daily they teach about Islam”.

The MRSM system was one of the early followthrough of then the newly instituted New Economic Policy, born from the need to have better socio-Political balance arisen from severe economic standing of different communities.

Then second Prime Minister Tun Hj Abdul Razak Hussein asked MARA to look into an experimental program so that under privileged children from the rural, taken away from the based into a boarding school which could quality education with special attention of math and science. The first MRSM enrolled it’s first experimental batch in 1972.

Then in 1979 after demonstrating several rounds of very good SPM/MCE results, MARA started to introduce pre-University matriculation in Science at MRSM.

MARA went on another step to introduce A Levels as a post SPM program at MRSM in 1985, which is 100% in English to cater for math, science, technology and humanities later in Universities in the United Kingdom.

MRSM Seremban’s pioneer A Levels program in 1987 received the global British Council award for the best centre outside United Kingdom.

There on, MARA infused a special tahfiz program at several MRSMs and call it MRSM Ulul Albab. The outcome of this project has been very favourable.

It is obvious there are quarters envious with all of these success stories and in their own skewed and sinister convoluted mind, starts to find ways to fiddle with it. Perhaps they have their own liberal interpretation how things should be, most likely bent towards their pro-western thought process.

Hence, the fabrication and skin.

Published in: on January 23, 2020 at 09:00  Leave a Comment  

Seludup semakin sakit

Penyeludupan semakin meningkat kerana penguncupan kemampuan yang lahir daripada strategi ‘cukai dosa’ (sin tax) yang dikenakan bagi mengurangkan penggunaan barangan seperti rokok dan arak.

Strategi ini bertujuan mengalihkan perbelanjaan bagi perubatan merawat pesakit yang meningkat kerana merokok.

Namun, ianya mengundang permasalahan yang berlainan.

Nilai penyeludupan rokok ini telah menyelenyapkan lebih RM5b pendapatan.

Kajian menunjukkan peningkatan cukai mendadak, tidak mengurangkan penggunaan malah permintaan menjadikan aktiviti penyeludupan meningkat mendadak.

Dianggarkan 10billion batang rokok diseludup dan edarkan setiap tahun di negara ini. Data ini meletakkan Malaysia negara no.1 dunia dalam aktiviti rokok seludup.

Rakyat, samada warga atau masyarakat immigran, tidak menghiraukan apa-apa kesan daripada rokok yang diseludup, termasuk bahan yang tidak dikawal.

Kajian menunjukkan penyeludupan rokok ini begitu berleluasa.

Ianya juga menjadi saluran yang sama kepada arak yang diseludup.

Persoalan dari perspektif keselamatan dalam negeri timbul sekiranya saluran penyeludupan ini begitu berleluasa dan tidak mendapat kawalan sewajarnya, apa lagi bahan yang berjaya diseludup ‘menumpang’ saluran yang sama?

Published in: on August 29, 2019 at 22:00  Leave a Comment  

Amanah Saham (Sendirian) Had mana?

It is interesting that how and where ghost of Christmas Past turn up, when the Saint Niklaus is back with the sack of treasures or in modern times, treasures for ransack.

Blog Another Brick in the Wall revealed that former Bank Negara Governor and PNB Chairman Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz is one of the investors of a firm Ecotive Limited (incorporated in Middlesex, England 2014).

The founder and principal is Kamal Sidiqqi.

Siddiqi is a name associated with Proton and the tie up with Fraser Nash Research and Development quite sometime ago. Apparently, it didn’t turn out quite well for the National car company.

NST story:

Proton’s hybrid misadventures

APRIL 10, 2016 @ 11:02AM

With Proton very much in the news lately, Malaysians must be wondering about the fate of the generous public funds being disbursed to the company for the past few years to develop hybrid cars.

In 2010, Proton reportedly secured an R&D grant of RM270 million to develop hybrid cars. It is worth noting that Proton had a cash balance of RM1.2 billion as at the end of March 2011.

The Proton plan had envisaged mass production of hybrid cars to begin in 2012.

A total of 30 hybrid cars were to be delivered by the end of 2011. This was obviously not met. Media releases later said that 200 hybrid cars were scheduled to be delivered only in 2013.

For the record, Proton was in a joint venture with UK firm Frazer–Nash Research Ltd to develop the hybrid technology.

The chairman and owner of Frazer-Nash is Kamal Siddiqi, a UK-based Indian businessman who, by most accounts, is very close to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Many industry insiders claimed that Frazer-Nash was fully paid upfront even without one electric car being delivered to Proton.

What is more startling is that Siddiqi had been recently implicated in the controversy involving jailed ex-PetroSaudi International executive Xavier Andre Justo.

According to documents sighted by the Malay Mail, Justo had, in his confession to Thai police, spoken to his “best friend”, Christian Frampton, regarding his offer to sell the stolen PetroSaudi data he had.

The Swiss national claimed he was sure Frampton did not know or meet Sarawak Report’s Clare Rewcastle-Brown and that the journalist had introduced Sidiqqi “as an intermediary in subsequent WhatsApp conversations”.

Siddiqi owns Kamkorp, a British-Swiss holding company. The 
company is part of the Frazer-
Nash group specialising in electric vehicle technologies.

About five years ago, Siddiqi boasted publicly about his long partnership with Proton.

“I believe we have come a long way, with lots of patience and perseverance. It is because of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who believes in what we are doing.

“He (Mahathir) saw hybrids and eventually REEV (Range Extender Electric Vehicle) as the future, and we are proud of what Proton engineers have done — a brilliant job. I believe we can showcase our technology with this smart partnership.”

In response to parliamentary questions on the Proton-Frazer-Nash deal, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said in September 2012 that Proton would be selling electric vehicles by 2014.

He had said Proton was collaborating with UK-based Frazer-Nash to develop its own EV.

In a reply to Gombak member of parliament (Datuk Seri) Azmin Ali, the MITI minister said that Proton had allocated RM500 million for R&D in green technology and was expected to gain profits after commercialising EVs in 2014.

The PKR man had asked MITI to state the rationale of investment by Proton through Frazer-Nash, to which Mustapa replied that Proton’s R&D spend was much smaller than other car manufacturers.

Allegations that Proton spent some RM270 million to test 30 cars with each costing about RM9 million were untrue, Mustapa said.

Apart from RM120 million that Proton would receive in 2013, it had already been given RM100 million in 2012. This was on top of the RM270 million in grants given in 2010.

This means a total of RM490 million in grants was given to Proton in four years.

The government on Friday approved a RM1.5 billion soft loan to cash-strapped Proton. The money will be used mainly to pay the amount outstanding to its component suppliers.

But the loan came with strings attached.

The question is, will this fresh lifeline be enough to take Proton forward?

Proton critically needs a strategic foreign partner to inject life into it, with the company at its lowest ebb in its history. The foreign partner can help transfer technology and regain domestic market share.

Some European automakers are looking at Asean as a huge market potential. Proton may offer some answers.

Proton can offer infrastructure, skilled workers and a vendor base.

What it needs to do is develop new and relevant products and build up a critical mass.

Currently, its problem is its low brand equity. After 30 years, it is still struggling to build a reputation as a maker of competitive but quality cars.

A veteran newsman, A Jalil Hamid believes that a good journalist should be curious and sceptical at the same time


In his passion for automotive technology, Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad provided his patronage for the Proton-Fraser Nash Research and Development tie up.

It is very important for Zeti to disclose whether or not she is still in commercial relationship in any Siddiqi’s ventures.

Based on reports, Siddiqi isn’t quite a reputable businessman.

Anyhow, it was said that Siddiqi was the chap who arranged Dr Mahathir to meet Sarawak Report Editor Claire Rewcastle-Brown and PKR Deputy President and then MB Selangor Dato’ Seri Azmin Ali in London.

Separately, of course.

Just to note, at the time Dr Mahathir was still UMNO member and also the Chairman of Proton. It was also the time Dr Mahathir lambasted the Federal Government, particularly Minister of MITI Dato Seri Mustapha Mohamad for not providing the RM1.7b grant to Proton.

At this point of time, it is also interesting to know what is the business of Ecotive Limited.

However, if the same dodgy character is in all these stories, it is intriguing, isn’t it?

Published in: on August 28, 2019 at 14:13  Leave a Comment  

Saluran Seludup

Gejala penyeludupan yang kemungkinan makin menular dikalangan warga Malaysia, termasuk golongan immigran negara, lambas laun akan bergerak menjadi encaman sekiranya telah pun menjejaskan kepentingan negara.

Laporan Utusan Malaysia:

Rokok seludup RM4.2 juta dirampas


10 Ogos 2019 11:18 AM


KUALA LUMPUR 10 Ogos – Polis menumpaskan sindiket pengedaran rokok seludup dengan merampas sebanyak 25,750 karton rokok jenama U2 bernilai RM4.2 juta selepas cukai taksiran menerusi operasi khas di Mersing, Johor, semalam.

Pengarah Jabatan Keselamatan Dalam Negeri dan Ketenteraman Awam (KDNKA) Bukit Aman, Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani berkata, operasi dijalankan Bahagian Perisikan dan Siasatan Khas, Pasukan Gerakan Khas jabatan itu selepas mendapat maklumat daripada orang awam.

Ujarnya, sindiket itu dipercayai aktif menjalankan aktiviti pengedaran rokok seludup di kawasan Semenanjung Malaysia.
“Dalam operasi tersebut, kita turut menahan lima lelaki tempatan berusia lingkungan 23 hingga 37 tahun. 
“Selain rampasan rokok, kita juga menyita sebuah lori dan sebuah kereta Proton Wira yang digunakan sindiket untuk menjalankan aktiviti penyeludupan,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan di sini hari ini.
Tambah Acryl Sani, kesemua suspek ditahan reman di Ibu pejabat Polis Daerah Mersing selama tiga hari bermula semalam sehingga esok bagi membantu siasatan di bawah Seksyen 135(1)(d) Akta Kastam 1967. – UTUSAN ONLINE


Mungkin rokok dipandang sebagai perkara remeh sekiranya ianya penyeludupan bahan yang menjadi sebahagian dari konsumsi warga Malaysia, termasuk golongan imigran.

Menurut laporan pakar, negara kerugian jumlah pendapatan kasar lebih RM6 billion setahun akibat penyeludupan rokok.

Ianya tidak setakat daripada industri rokok tempatan, termasuk pendapatan kepada Kerajaan melalui cukai, duti import dan lesen, tetapi agihan pendapatan daripada industri tersebut dalam bentuk perniagaan, pendapatan pekerja dan petani tembakau.

Penyeludupan rokok juga merupakan ancaman yang luar daripada jawapan pihak berwajib.

Bahaya ini akan meninggalkan kesan kepada seluruh eko-sistem peruncitan, terutama dikedai-kedai makan, pusat istirehat dan maupun kedai runcit-mudah (convenient store), stesyen minuak dan sebagainya yang sebenarnya makin bertambah.

Published in: on August 15, 2019 at 22:00  Leave a Comment  

“Brace! Brace! Brace!”

It is unclear how brash and rude should the Malaysian Government or any of it agencies do to treat China or any major firms from one day would to be the global’s leading economy but this ought not to be a foremost option.

The Straits Times story:

Malaysia seizes $328 million held by Chinese state-owned unit in HSBC

Leslie Lopez

Regional Correspondent

In Kuala Lumpur

Malaysian authorities have seized more than RM1 billion ($328 million) held by China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Ltd (CPP), a Chinese state-owned company.

In an unprecedented move in Malaysian banking, the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government ordered global banking giant, HSBC, early this month to transfer the funds held in CPP’s account in Malaysia to Suria Strategic Resources Sdn Bhd, which is wholly owned by the Ministry of Finance.

The moves came against the backdrop of an ongoing dispute involving two multi-billion-dollar energy pipeline projects that were suspended last July, said lawyers and bankers familiar with the situation.

In response to queries from The Straits Times, CPP, which was the lead contractor for the pipeline projects awarded in November 2016 by the previous government of prime minister Najib Razak, confirmed that the funds were transferred out.

“CPP firmly abides with the laws of Malaysia and is perplexed by the unilateral transfer of monies without notifying CPP,” said the company, a unit of China’s state-owned oil and gas giant China National Petroleum Corp.

The HSBC corporate office in Kuala Lumpur declined comment, citing client confidentiality.

It is currently unclear why the money was seized nor what powers the government used to seize it.

CPP added that it is currently speaking to the relevant parties in a bid understand the basis of the transfer.

“Once we have further information, CPP will take the necessary and appropriate actions to protect its rights. We hope that our Malaysian counterparts can resolve this with us through amicable means,” the company said.

Bilateral ties between Beijing and Kuala Lumpur turned tense shortly after the PH government came into power in May last year and started reviewing or cancelling a series of high-profile deals with China reached during the Najib administration. Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad ordered the suspension of the multi-billion-dollar East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) and the two CPP-led pipeline projects.

The ECRL project – which will stretch along the east coast from Kota Baru, in the north-east, to Kuantan before cutting across the peninsula to Port Klang on the west coast along the Strait of Malacca – has since been revived under refined (CHECKING: Should we use “revised” instead of “refined” CAN CHANGE TO REVISED) terms and will now be built at an estimated cost of RM44 billion, down sharply from the original price tag of RM66.5 billion.

But the CPP pipeline projects – a 600km multi-product pipeline along the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia costing RM5.35 billion and a gas pipeline network in the east Malaysian state of Sabah costing RM.4.06 billion – have remained in limbo.

The PH government is also questioning why roughly RM8.3 billion, or 88% of the contract value of RM9.41 billion, was paid out by the previous government through the Ministry of Finance-owned Suria Strategic Resources despite only 13% of the work purportedly being completed.

Bankers familiar with the situation said that following the suspension of the pipeline project certain bank accounts held by CPP, including the monies in HSBC, were frozen by the Malaysian government.

At the time of the suspension of the pipeline projects, Malaysian press reports alleged that the monies initially paid out by Suria Strategic Resources were diverted to third-party Cayman Island companies linked to the scandal at 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). But CPP has strenuously denied those allegations.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Latheefa Koya did not respond to queries about the latest government move.


Giving face and providing grace is very important for business, if not global international diplomacy. Especially more so for China.

Unless the intent is a direction beyond the boundaries of friendship.

Malaysia is in a very precarious trade and foreign relations which China. Upon the 9 May 14 GE took over last year, Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad took very tough and ‘unfriendly’ gestures with China.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng was even more arrogant when it comes to all dealings by firms, from China.

The much coveted ECRL was cancellation was announced unilaterally, that brought forth a knee-jerk reaction.

Then Gerontocracy Prime Minister and some of his Cabinet colleagues, which include the Chairman of the Council of Elders went to China and smoothen out all of these bad blood between us and the Super Power.

Otherwise, the Malaysian people would start to get use to the international air travel instruction before an aircraft do a very rough landing.

Published in: on July 13, 2019 at 19:00  Leave a Comment  

Carouseling past ghosts

The ghouls of ghost of Christmas past came haunting, when the Government under Gerontocracy Prime Minister no longer want to continue subsidies for small holders but instead coming with a scheme for small holders by project management instead of amalgamation

The Star story:

‘Merge settlers’ land for higher yields’

ROMPIN: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has proposed an amalgamation of Felda settlers’ land for greater wealth and benefits.

The Prime Minister said settlers would contribute their land, which when merged must be managed by professional estate managers.

“That way, I am confident the amalgamated land can produce higher yields. The profits will then be divided accordingly among the settlers who contributed their land,” he told reporters after attending the Felda Settlers’ Day celebration at Felda Selancar 3 here yesterday.

Dr Mahathir said part of the combined land could also be allocated for other crops.

“If there is diversity over a large area, not only can we fulfil the local but foreign demand as well,” he said, adding that the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry would advise on what crops would be suitable.

However, Dr Mahathir admitted that it would be difficult to change settlers’ behaviour as many of them were now senior citizens and were used to doing things the old way.

“We used to give management of the land to the settlers but they can’t adjust their way of life. Today, farming vegetables and fruits can give better returns than palm oil or rubber but they are still sticking to the old crops.

“Perhaps, of a 2,000-acre piece of land, 200 acres can be used for other crops while the rest is planted with oil palm,” he said.

In his speech, Dr Mahathir said settlers would face problems when the price of palm oil dropped due to their over-reliance on a single crop.

He said settlers would then ask for subsidies unlike the large estates which were managed professionally.

“Even when you have 10 acres of land and have good crops, it will not give as good as the returns of 10,000 acres of land.

“That is why settlers always suffer when the price of rubber or palm oil drops,” he said.

During the event, Dr Mahathir also launched the Settlers Development Programme to help increase their income.

The programme was part of a comprehensive action plan based on smart farming and innovative downstream activities.

To implement the programme, the government had approved RM1bil in grant allocations that would be disbursed in stages over four years.

Also present were Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail, Felda chairman Tan Sri Mohd Bakke Salleh and Felda director-general Datuk Dr Othman Omar.

Azmin said Felda must no longer be used as a tool by politicians.

“Unfortunately, over the past years, we have politicians who played politics until the settlers became victims and were burdened with major problems.

“Today, I stand before you to tell you not to let politicians use Felda settlers any longer for their political interests,” he added.



More than half of the said million acres of FELDA settlers are already under FELDA Technoplant (FTPSB) program. Precisely, 55%.

It is a professionally run estate-like project management program for FELDA settlers.

If the program is already on going and already proven to provide positive result, what exactly is Gerontocracy Prime Minister talking about on Hari Peneroka Kebangsaan?

Repackaging a recycled product and reselling?

Isn’t that, “Playing politics”?

For the record, FTPSB has been around over a quarter of century. Means it was incepted dead centre in Gerontocracy Prime Minister previous administration.

If the ongoing FTPSB program isn’t about getting the one million acres by the 113,000 odd FELDA settlers’ smallholding professionally managed, then is the fresh minted proposed FELDA program is about re-amalgamation of the 45% remaining acreage currently not under FTPSB?

Would this exercise require more capital, for either FELDA or FTPSB, which is very scarce for the Federal Government?

Perhaps, the capital could be best utilised for other programs like propping the commodity price or getting more downstream industries set up, within the nuclei of the FELDA hinterland.

Perhaps, it is an avenue for a corporate exercise for the benefit of the selected few.

On the note of “Playing politics”, having the ‘two tigers on the same hill’ already manifested its danger.

One tiger may have growled that he would not quit but to get a fierce tiger to be ‘humiliated’ in the circus of global spectators is uncalled for.

It takes a lot to convince the 113,000 odd FELDA settlers and a simple speech at Hari Peneroka Kebangsaan wouldn’t quite do.

Then again the ‘FELDA icon’ star celebrity Chef Redzuan “Dumpster Mouth” Ismail’s faux pas is terribly demeaning towards the FELDA settlers.

NST story:

‘Felda settlers must work hard’ – Chef Wan

KUALA LUMPUR: Celebrity chef Datuk Redzuawan Ismail or Chef Wan has just been named a Felda Icon by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in Rompin yesterday.

Upon accepting the Felda Icon Award, Chef Wan took to Instagram to tick off “lazy” Felda settlers who refused to help themselves and waited for the Government’s help.

He said: “As the price of palm oil is not certain, Felda settlers should work hard to cultivate cash crops to supplement their income. It will help us reduce our dependency on imported food.

“Malaysia is blessed with good soil and there is a lot of idle land. The Government should privatise this land for cash crops.

“I’ve travelled to Australia, Norway and Sweden for my TV shows and saw how the people cultivate cash crops and raise livestock, making full use of the land and contributing to the economy.

“Back home, many of my fellow Felda settlers sell off fertiliser subsidies given to them by the Government, and when they receive dividends, they marry two or three times and ‘breed like cats’!


Perhaps there should be a hybrid program with successful plantation GLCs, for this to quite work.

A proper crisis management task force with all stakeholders and a global task force should be formed and project managed.

Otherwise, Gerontocracy Prime Minister would have the ample time to resolve the matter.

Former Deputy Minister in-charge of FELDA Ahmad Hj Maslan is spot on about resolving FELDA settlers’ debt is one of the top ten Pakatan Harapan Manifesto.

FELDA settlers don’t quite see the way out of their conundrum but being taken around the carousel, with the ghost of Christmas past.

Majority of them are in debt for the re-plantation programs and now the commodity price is all time low, these FELDA settlers are caught with their pants down.

The attitude of Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s administration to no longer fend the FELDA settlers in challenging times, is adding salt to injury.

Perhaps in Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s tendency to crave for global attention for universal and geopolitical sensational issues, he should take up the lead for a global level task force for palm oil.

Demonstrate some meaningful effort which would be convincing enough that the current Federal Government isn’t at all an incompetent one but able to provide some practical solutions to hardline issues that the nation is facing.

Probably, that’s why they walked out in droves during the Hari Peneroka event.

*Updated 1845hours

The Minister in-charge of FELDA defended the ‘Dumpster Mouth’ instead of standing up for the four million extended FELDA family:

NST story:

Azmin defends Felda settlers over Chef Wan’s ‘lazy’, ‘breed like cats’ remarks

KUALA LUMPUR: Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali today defended Felda settlers who were branded “lazy” and “breeding like cats” by celebrity chef Datuk Redzuawan Ismail, popularly known as Chef Wan.

Azmin said the latter’s view of the settlers was a personal one.

He said he believed that Felda settlers had a bright future and potential if they continued to support the government’s initiatives.

“Never mind, it was his (Chef Wan’s) personal view. What is important right now is as the government, we have tabled a new policy in Parliament for Felda settlers.

“Yesterday, we could see that the prime minister’s (Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad) speech received a positive reaction from the settlers.

“This morning, I had a discussion with the prime minister and he wants action to be taken immediately to ensure the success of the initiative,” he told reporters in Parliament.

Published in: on July 8, 2019 at 16:30  Leave a Comment  

Paying peanuts for pros

The new business philosophy of ‘Paying peanuts for pros’ has suddenly re-emerged with the Malaysia Baharu under Gerontocracy Prime Minister.

NST story:

KUALA LUMPUR: FGV Holdings Bhd shareholders have today shown dissatisfaction towards their board of directors’ performance when they voted to reject their pay packages.

Last year, FGV posted net losses of RM1.08 billion, dragged by falling palm oil prices as well as impairments and provisions totalling RM1.04 billion. This was on the back of RM3.23 billion revenue.

FGV chairman Datuk Wira Azhar Abdul Hamid said all directors had been re-elected but resolutions related to their pay packages had been rejected by major shareholders Federal Land Development Authority (Felda), Koperasi Permodalan Felda and Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera.

Azhar said FGV board members were currently discussing the most appropriate thing to do and looking at all options available.

“I, myself, don’t know the basis for the major shareholders to reject the board of directors’ remuneration package.

“It seems that the shareholders’ message to the board of directors is ‘we want you to work but we’re not paying you’ which I think is a little bit irrational,” Azhar told reporters after a gruelling five-hour FGV shareholders’ meeting here today.

According to FGV’s 2018 annual report, its board of directors consists of Azhar, Mohd Hassan Ahmad, Datuk Dr. Othman Omar, Datuk Yusli Mohamed Yusoff, Datuk Mohamed Suffian Awang, Datuk Dr. Salmiah Ahmad, Dr. Mohamed Nazeeb P.Alithambi, Datuk Mohd Anwar Yahya, Dr. Nesadurai Kalanithi and Datin Hoi Lai Ping.

Based on FGV’s 2018 annual report, the fee payable to Azhar as chairman of the board was RM1.95 million, versus the total remuneration of RM5.74 million for the board, which consists of 10 members.

When asked if FGV directors would resign, Azhar said: “There is no immediate decision among directors, for now. We are considering all options.”

He stressed that FGV directors were responsible and professional in executing their duties.

“We consider all factors carefully to put forward plans that would ensure sustainability of FGV. But today’s vote gives the impression that our efforts for the past 18 months are not appreciated,” Azhar said, dejectedly.

To another question if FGV directors would go on working without being paid, Azhar reiterated that the board had yet to collectively decide on their next move.

“What concerns us most is the interests of the company,” he remarked.

Felda is FGV’s biggest shareholder with a 33.7 per cent stake, while KPF and LTAT own 5.25 per cent and 1.25 per cent respectively.

The rejected resolutions were specifically to approve the payment of 2018’s directors’ fees, payment of a portion of directors’ fees payable from June 26, 2019 until the next annual general meeting (AGM), and the payment of benefits payable from June 26 until the next AGM.

Shareholders also rejected the resolution for directors to allot and issue shares pursuant to Section 75 of the Companies Act, 2016.


This is not the first time the question of pay for directors and executives of civil servants and GLCs, even the listed firms, have been openly raised by the leadership.

It is presumed that the large shareholders, adhered to the wishes of their Boss.

In the recent months, Gerontocracy Prime Minister and his adviser have sounded out that professionals in strategic places should do “national service”.

Probably to be thrifty on the kitty is required in these trying times.

However, how is the Government ensuring that they are getting the best talents to serve their cause.

Civil servants and executives, including in the listed firms are mostly those who have had considerable experience and exposure.

Some, for almost half a century.

Take the BoD of Khazanah Nasional Bhd which decided to leave literally weeks after the present Government was formed.

Never mind the cold shoulder treatment they have gotten. The consolidated corporate experience the entire BoD at the time of departure is a quarter of Millenium, plus or minus a few dead years.

Perhaps Gerontocracy Prime Minister could get replacement talents for those who prefer or asked to leave.

Then again, the issue would these ‘peanuts paying pros’ be providing the best of themselves, for the ‘national service’ that they are providing.

Or they are just serving to pander the stop-gap leadership of Gerontocracy Prime Minister, who may or not be around in the mid term of the mandatory electoral period.

The rakyat did decide on the ruling party for what it was in their expectation, slightly over a year ago.

The general feeling is that they did not get a good deal for their political decision. It is believed that many of them who made the decision overpowered by sentiments, have now be quietened for the outcome that they have to face.

This AGM is also something alarming. The general public is wondering whether or not the BoD consulted the significant shareholders for their proposed resolutions, to be passed at the mandatory meeting.

Then there is also the ganging up of significant shareholders to shoot down the BoD proposal, in the open.

The Star story:

Unmasking the FGV remuneration saga

THE recent freeze on the remuneration payout of FGV Holdings Bhd (FGV) directors by its three major and substantial shareholders especially Felda – while is understandable from the perspective of financial performance – also has that tinge of irony resembling “a father/mother disciplining his/her child in public”.

At FGV’s marathon annual general meeting which lasted five hours on June 25, the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) which is FGV’s biggest shareholder with a 33.67% stake – alongside Koperasi Permodalan Felda Malaysia Bhd (5%) and the Armed Forces Fund Board (1.25%) – had voted against three resolutions pertaining to the remuneration of FGV’s directors.

Under resolution one, FGV sought its shareholders’ approval for payment of directors’ fees amounting to RM2.55 million in respect of financial year ended Dec 31, 2018 (FY2018).

Resolution two involves payment of a portion of directors’ fees to non-executive directors up to an amount of RM1.18 million from June 26, 2019 until the company’s next AGM while resolution three sought shareholders’ approval for the payment of benefits to non-executive directors from June 26, 2019 until the company’s next AGM.

As a conduit for communication, I wonder if he had ever engaged the FGV board to raise his objection on the remuneration issue prior to the AGM.

If yes, did the FGV board provide satisfactory explanation or justification over the quantum? Assuming that the FGV board had stated its stance on the matter, shouldn’t he initiate an engagement between both the Felda and FGV boards to reach an understanding, thus resolving any impending concerns beforehand?

Otherwise, one cannot be blamed to think that the board nominee could not have chosen a better timing to drop a bombshell. This is given, it is a rarity for shareholders to re-elect the board of directors but voted against resolutions related to the directors’ remuneration.

Writing is on the wall

After all, tell-tale signs of a friction within the Felda family has become more visible to the public of late which FGV Chairman Datuk Wira Azhar Abdul Hamid has vehemently denied at the recently concluded AGM. 

Media reports have surfaced in recent times that Felda is reviewing its land lease agreement (LLA) with FGV.

In retrospect, Felda handed over the management of some 355,000ha of its plantations via a 99-year LLA to FGV as part of the latter’s flotation exercise in 2012. In return, Felda was to receive payments of RM248 million annually as leasing fee in addition to a share of profits at a quantum of 15% per annum.

However, in view of a dip in crude palm oil (CPO) prices, FGV is only able to fork out an average of RM400mil a year in contrast to Felda’s minimum requirement of RM800mil per annum to manage and ensure the well-being of land settlers.

The recent stepping down of Felda chairman Tan Sri Megat Zaharuddin Megat Mohd Nor after barely 11 months appointed to the post is perhaps a harbinger of worsening discord within the Felda family although Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has played down the resignation by pointing to “health reasons”.Back to the drawing board

Given that both communication and engagement are crucial tools to strengthen rapport with shareholders, perhaps the FGV board should in the future be more proactive in engaging with their major and substantial shareholders as well as the various institutional investors.

After all, engagement with relevant stakeholders is very crucial for better understanding of the company’s operations apart from being a perfect avenue for the company to update its performance which is very much under public scrutiny of late.

This applies to engagements at both external level and even those with internal link. A case in point was the very fact that the proxy of Koperasi Permodalan Felda Malaysia raised certain concerns which struck the mind as if the FGV Board has turned a deaf ear or not interested in addressing the grievances raised by the members of the cooperative.

Now that shareholders had voted against the remuneration package at the AGM, the only option to “unfreeze” the directors’ remuneration package is to call for an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) to seek a fresh mandate.

But this can be seen as a waste of money and resources, which can be better used to manage the array of challenges on the business front that FGV is facing.

At the end of the day, while I agree that directors’ remuneration should be linked to performance, perhaps a little leeway can be considered for a turnaround company in the likes of FGV. Perhaps a reasonable degree of appreciation should be accorded to the new board members as a form of motivation for their efforts and commitment. 

Give them time

My humble view is to give them a year to bring about a desired degree of turnaround bearing in mind the atrocious financial situation FGV is in right now. After all, the FGV board members are all newly appointed.

Having been duly re-elected, it will be unfair to deny the directors meeting allowances and other critical benefits when a herculean task is expected of them all. Moving forward, my reckoning is that the chief concern should not just centre on the quantum of remuneration but how to engage major and substantial shareholders to foster better understanding and acceptance of the issues at hand and how to tackle them effectively. 

An outright rejection as per the outcome of FGV’s recent AGM may be too harsh on the directors who are all expected to commit and work hard to provide directions to turnaround the company.

Worst still, this can invite repercussion given that the directors – unhappy that they are deprived of their fees and other perks – might simply decide to resign en masse. This can then be a major blow to FGV which will have to waste more time and resources to recruit new directors.

Surely, in this age and time, we cannot longer expect people to render national service without being duly compensated for their efforts and commitments. Even our athletes who excel at world stage are conferred monetary rewards as a form of appreciating their sacrifices to the country.

What is done is done but looking back, I cannot help thinking that the current impasse could be avoided at all cost if the board of FGV has done the necessary shareholder engagements (especially with major shareholders and institutional investors) while not take things for granted.

This is itself an invaluable lesson to other companies on never undermining the importance of shareholder engagements and their voices.

The views expressed in the article represent the views of the writer and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Institutional Investors Council of Malaysia (IIC).

Lya Rahman is currently the adviser/secretary to the IIC. She was formerly general manager of the Minority Shareholders Watch Group.



FGV Chairman Dato Wira Azhar Abdul Hamid is a corporate leader known for speaking his mind up and standing up, for responsibilities.

As the CEO of MRT Corp, Azhar summarily quit almost five years when construction workers died in an accident during the construction of the Sg Buloh-Kajang line.

Azhar, who was in the largest oil palm plantation conglomerate Sime Darby since 1992 replaced Tan Sri Isa Samad as FGV Chairman in 2017.

Published in: on June 30, 2019 at 12:00  Leave a Comment  

Big dreams (courtesy of Istana Bukit Tunku) morning

Economic development plans and strategic programs for Kedah is almost non-realisable for Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir’s second round of Menteri Besar-ship but with the exception of his personal obsession of building a brand new airport for Northern Corridor which is in South Kedah area.

NST story:

RM1.6 billion Kulim International Airport project will kick off, not mere words – Kedah MB

DECEMBER 13, 2018 @ 6:00PM  


It is very interesting that MB Mukhriz is focused on capitalising on the limitation of Penang’s Bayan Lepas International Airport not able for further expansion and the growth potential for air logistics, particularly cargo operations.

The NST report also mentioned that Federal Government is not against this infrastructure project, provided if it is developed on a Private Financing Initiative (PFI).

It is interesting how to mobilise this project fully on PFI model.

First of all, thousands of acres are required to be acquired for the project, to start with.

Then the construction. At the same time, all the leg work to get the airport operations and businesses, particularly to get international cargo traffic into the new airport.

Usually, a new airport would either be in an existing one or operations of an original airport be transferred into the new one.

Just like KLIA moved from Subang to its present site in Sepang in August 1997. Later, Subang was turned into a community airport.

There is definitely merit in this idea. However, it is an infrastructure right at the top of the pyramid and lesser but more realisable low fruit infrastructure projects MB Mukhriz should give attention to and priority, ahead of such a mega project.

The Kedah State Government isn’t in the position to start this mega project of. They neither have the capital nor competency.

It is then up to other agencies, like Northern Corridor, to kick this off. Along with firms with massive estates in the said area, like Sime Darby Plantations.

Then again, if Sime Darby Plantations would be game in such a strategic investment.

The new Kulim cargo airport would have to ‘pinch’ the growth now being enjoyed by Penang International.

The Star story:

Export cargo volume at Penang airport seen rising 8%

GEORGE TOWN: The volume of export cargo handled at the Penang International Airport is projected to rise by 8% in 2018 to 69,630 tonnes from 65,747 tonnes in 2017.

Penang Freight Forwarders Association secretary-general Ali Ahmad told StarBiz the increase indicated that the local electrical and electronic (E&E) industries was in a healthy state.


“The feedback on export figures for the third quarter has been positive.

“We expect a slight decrease in the final quarter, as most of the finished electronic goods have already been shipped out in the third quarter,” he said.

Finished electronic goods make up about 70% of the export cargo, according to Ali.

“The export from the Free Industrial Zone has risen steadily since three years ago,” he said.

The imported cargo handled, however, is forecast to decline by 12% to 58,000 tonnes from 65,305 tonnes in 2017.

“The decrease has to do with a weaker ringgit, which made buying from overseas expensive,” Ali said.

He added that if not for the competition from Middle-Eastern Airlines that offer competitive freight rates operating from KL International Airport, the export cargo figures from Penang International Airport would be higher.

“It would easily be a growth of 15% and not 8%,” he added.

Ali said the federal and state governments should quickly look into making the establishment of an integrated cargo complex at the Penang International Airport a reality.

“Currently, there are two cargo terminals. An integrated cargo complex would cut operational costs of freight forwarders and shorten clearance time,” he said.



If compounded of 8% year-on-year, probably it could reach in the neighbourhood of 50% from the current level in five years time.

The contentious point, like anything with the Pakatan Harapan since taking over nine months ago is the ability to follow through.

Would MB Mukhriz able to muster the follow through of such a mega project, when there is so much uncertainty pertaining to politics, be it at national level, within the PH coalition, within PPBM and even at Kedah level.

Published in: on February 11, 2019 at 10:00  Leave a Comment